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Graduate & Professional Studies Financial Aid & Cost Information

Ouachita Baptist University has the following aid options available to graduate students. We understand that, now more than ever, it is important that you understand all the choices you have. 

There are two primary options: an alternative private loan or a federal loan. 

We encourage you to pursue the private loan option first as many times the interest rates are more favorable. This can be more beneficial in the long run in terms of paying back your loan. You will find more information about Alternative Private Loans here.

The federal Direct loan is available when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This loan is easier to qualify for but often times carries a higher interest rate than an alternative private loan. Additionally, there are lifetime limits on the amount of aid you can take out via this type of loan. You can find more information regarding these loans and fill out the FAFSA here.

We want to make sure that, whichever option you choose, you make an informed decision by investigating your options.

Please reach out to Cris McGough at mcgoughc@obu.edu if you have any questions about financial aid.

 

View the costs estimates for each individual program here:

2020-2021 ABA Estimated Cost of Attendance 

 

Program: ABA

Summer 2020

1 week intensive-3 hr

6 hrs ONL

Program: ABA

Fall 2020

9 hrs ONL (16 weeks)

Program: ABA

Spring 2021

9 hrs ONL (16 weeks)

Program: ABA

Summer 2021

9 hrs ONL (11 weeks)

Tuition

 

9 @ $750 = $6,750

9 @ $750 = $6,750

9 @ $750= $6,750

9 @ $750 = $6,750

Fees

 

 

$110

$110

$110

Room/Board

 

$3,135 (775 intensive + $2,360)

$4,735

$4,735

$3,245

Books/Supplies

 

$550

$550

$550

$550

Personal Expenses

 

$1,300

$1,300

$1,300

$1,300

Transportation

 

$800

$800

$800

$800

Estimated Cost of Attendance

 

$12,535

$14,245

$14,245

$12,755

Direct Cost to OBU (tuition + books if charged to acct)

 

$6,750

$6,860

$6,860

$6,860

 

  1. Tuition – $750 PER CREDIT HOUR – ABA PROGRAM. This rate is for students who are not working with one of our clinical partners
  2. Fees – include ($110) the mandatory technology fee required of all students
  3. Room & Board – Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off campus 9-mth budget is $9,470 ($295 week) and should be used for Grad Programs as well.
  4. Books/Supplies – Colleges provide estimates but they can vary substantially from institution to institution. Use a minimum of $600 to $800 regardless of any published amounts. It may be more for some courses of study (art, lab courses, etc.) Ouachita’s 9 month undergrad avg is $1,100.
  5. Personal Expenses – This can be dependent upon lifestyle, extracurricular interests and college location. College estimates will help but include a minimum of $1,500 for full time study.
  6. Transportation – Varies by college location, use of a car or public transportation, number of trips home per year and/or commuting expense and local transportation while at school. Colleges usually, but not always, publish guidelines.   This is included in budgets even if ONL student. This does not mean a car payment or insurance on the car!
2020-21 Dietetics Intership Estimated Cost of Attendance 
    Program: DI Fall 2020 9 hrs ONL (16 weeks) Program: DI Spring 2021 9 hrs ONL (16 weeks)
1. Tuition (9 hours x $750 per semester)   $6,750 $6,750
2. Fees   $185 $150
3. Room/Board   $4,735 $4,735
4. Books/Supplies   $700 $600
5. Personal Expenses   $2,000 $2,000
6, Transportation   $900 $900
7. Estimated Cost of attendance   $15,270 $15,135
8. Direct cost to OBU (tuition and fees + cost of books if charged to student account)   $6,935 $6,900
       
1. Tuition is $750 per credit hour for the Dietetics Internship. Each semester will consists of nine credit hours.
2. Fee include all the mandatory fees required of all students. These are lab(35 F), parking (40 F/S) and technology (110 F/S) fees.
3. Room & Board – Ouachita uses the College Board figures from regional surveys. Off campus 9-mth budget is $9,470 ($295 week) and should be used for Grad Programs as well.
4. Books/Supplies – Colleges provide estimates but they can vary substantially from institution to institution. Use a minimum of $600 to $800 regardless of any published amounts. It may be more for some courses of study (art, lab courses, etc.) Ouachita’s 9 month undergrad avg is $1,100. Added the cost of lab coat ($100) to the fall amount.
5. Personal Expenses – This can be dependent upon lifestyle, extracurricular interests and college location. College estimates will help but include a minimum of $1,500 for full time study.   Used all listed personal expenses including Cap and Gown, parking, background checks and health related expenses (shots and exams), insurances and professional memberships. The cost of the exam review course and RDN exam are included.
6. Transportation – Varies by college location, use of a car or public transportation, number of trips home per year and/or commuting expense and local transportation while at school. Colleges usually, but not always, publish guidelines.   This is included in budgets even if ONL student. This does not mean a car payment or insurance on the car!
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